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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $787 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2017.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2015 2014 Percent Difference
237.0 236.7 0.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,350 $711,634,000 $41,016 $83,857,659
Atchison County 5,293 $248,063,000 $46,866 $50,698,853
Buchanan County 88,938 $3,285,537,000 $36,942 $1,420,839,311
Caldwell County 9,062 $305,627,000 $33,726 $48,641,077
Clinton County 20,610 $808,616,000 $39,234 $104,478,594
Daviess County 8,209 $289,787,000 $35,301 $59,766,823
Dekalb County 12,613 $320,244,000 $25,390 $150,192,069
Gentry County 6,661 $254,263,000 $38,172 $49,332,539
Grundy County 10,165 $341,924,000 $33,637 $86,553,908
Harrison County 8,556 $302,412,000 $35,345 $117,092,728
Holt County 4,448 $210,453,000 $47,314 $34,717,901
Linn County 12,164 $467,354,000 $38,421 $124,597,173
Livingston County 15,235 $527,444,000 $34,621 $218,271,413
Mercer County 3,699 $110,947,000 $29,994 $29,363,181
Nodaway County 22,670 $693,503,000 $30,591 $243,906,007
Putnam County 4,853 $156,658,000 $32,281 $38,254,476
Sullivan County 6,262 $217,618,000 $34,752 $43,569,674
Worth County 2,024 $76,916,000 $38,002 $12,166,544
Northwest Region Summary 258,812 $9,329,000,000 $36,045 $2,916,299,930



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics September 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,860 9,656 204 2.1%
Atchison County 2,638 2,576 62 2.4%
Buchanan County 46,156 45,060 1,096 2.4%
Caldwell County 4,414 4,308 106 2.4%
Clinton County 11,054 10,804 250 2.3%
Daviess County 3,932 3,844 88 2.2%
Dekalb County 4,927 4,819 108 2.2%
Gentry County 3,435 3,370 65 1.9%
Grundy County 4,483 4,350 133 3%
Harrison County 3,664 3,573 91 2.5%
Holt County 2,593 2,551 42 1.6%
Linn County 5,013 4,800 213 4.2%
Livingston County 7,235 7,076 159 2.2%
Mercer County 1,839 1,789 50 2.7%
Nodaway County 10,397 10,135 262 2.5%
Putnam County 2,321 2,257 64 2.8%
Sullivan County 2,658 2,584 74 2.8%
Worth County 1,137 1,109 28 2.5%
Northwest Region Summary 127,756 124,661 3,095 2.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 250 14,942 $202,071,655 $1,040 1.5%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,246 13,865 $157,017,444 $871 0.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 387 7,332 $25,910,385 $272 0.1%
23 - Construction 599 3,360 $48,492,951 $1,110 1.2%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 261 2,701 $26,737,099 $761 5.5%
54 - Professional and technical services 367 2,170 $32,707,443 $1,159 1.4%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 159 1,815 $18,087,458 $767 2.4%
22 - Utilities 35 618 $13,103,144 $1,631 4%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 41 617 $9,869,483 $1,230 7.3%
61 - Educational services 25 213 $712,873 $257 10.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 348 6,889 $24,210,619 $270 0.1%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 89 3,953 $23,702,617 $461 0.2%
622 - Hospitals 11 3,918 $62,016,743 $1,218 0.1%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 48 2,916 $43,408,032 $1,145 9.5%
624 - Social Assistance 857 2,760 $11,278,240 $314 4.2%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 367 2,170 $32,707,443 $1,160 1.4%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 67 2,039 $9,326,058 $352 1.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 389 1,904 $25,306,633 $1,022 2.4%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 150 1,837 $21,318,097 $893 1.7%
484 - Truck Transportation 183 911 $9,837,744 $831 4.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291067 - Surgeons NA $135.59 NA NA NA $282,028 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 270 $117.64 NA $89.7 NA $244,683 NA $186,582 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 80 $101.03 $94.86 $61.32 NA $210,136 $197,300 $127,539 NA
112021 - Marketing Managers 50 $75.43 $69.18 $55.96 $92.29 $156,897 $143,898 $116,397 $191,953
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $66.26 $53.53 $44.57 $75.38 $137,827 $111,338 $92,702 $156,780
291051 - Pharmacists 210 $63.76 $63.67 $56.67 $71.94 $132,629 $132,443 $117,874 $149,637
111011 - Chief Executives 120 $62.87 $45.66 $23.99 $89.78 $130,765 $94,972 $49,898 $186,749
112022 - Sales Managers 80 $61.98 $55.43 $38.39 $76.88 $128,920 $115,293 $79,859 $159,906
119121 - Natural Sciences Managers 40 $60.39 $53.2 $30.27 $76.18 $125,603 $110,662 $62,956 $158,455
113031 - Financial Managers 140 $59.22 $49.45 $38.24 $68.13 $123,185 $102,860 $79,542 $141,703

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.